Another week, another dollar. Another weekend, hollerrr. We’ve sifted through the clutter of EDM and found five of the very best dance songs for you guys. Now don’t say we never did anything for ya.
1. Rusko – Like This
3. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun (Gigamesh Remix)
4. Bon Iver – Woods (Zeds Dead Remix)
5. Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop (Sleepy Tom Remix)
Sometimes I try to think back on when I first heard the word “playlist.” For the life of me, though, I can’t remember. I very vividly remember making mixtapes. Two tape decks, being sure to stay right next to the stereo the entire time so that you pressed stop exactly as the song ended. And I vividly remember when we bought our first “CD Burner,” which was the size of my cable box today and was probably harder to figure out than middle school girls. This time, two CD decks. I remember my sister had written out the instructions on a piece of paper, and even in small handwriting, it took up the entire page. If you made one mistake, your CD was a bust and you had to start all over again. Playlist, though; there’s no vivid memory there. It’s as if iTunes magically swept into my life and the day it did, there was no surprise, no wonder, just acceptance at what was going to be the best thing ever in life. (Well, until Spotify hit the States…which I’m still trying to learn the ropes of. So call me out in 15 years when I say I don’t remember ever having a Spotify learning curve.)
These days, playlists are second nature. They’re part of life! What would my iPod be if not for playlists? Good God, I guess I’d have to ask it to pick from a 5-digit number of songs and those would be what would be on my iPod. That could be disastrous. My iTunes is messier than my bedroom, which says a lot. Playlists shape my weekends, my road trips, my nights where I’m sure I’ll see the sun rise before catching an ounce of sleep…they’re everywhere in my life. I hope that these Friday at Five posts can help build your weekend playlists and be a vehicle for fun times, memories, and forgotten actions. That, after all, is what I’m here for.
This song might confuse you at first. But I can promise you that once you get into it, you wont want to turn it off. I’m going to write an EP review of this entire Reptar collection this weekend, but to give you a hint – these guys might be the new Vampire Weekend. THAT good.
Mike Posner takes a bit of a different turn with this track. Pairing up with Rusko immediately means you’re getting ready to do something fun, but Mike surprised me with his tempo and style here. It’s definitely a good party track.
I discovered this song while playing on Turntable FM and I haven’t been able to stop listening since. It’s not a rager song, it’s more a fun track that might get people bouncing a little bit. Either way, I think your weekend could use a bit of this hop.
I’m not really sure what electronic music is becoming, and when screeching noises like this became cool and/or fun to listen to, but somewhere along the line, just like the magical arrival of playlists, it must have. M83 are frontrunners in the game of great electronic music, and this newest track of theirs is no exception.
5. “Ice Cream” (Ft. Matias Aguayo) – Battles
Battles is giving us another track that’s a little bit less of a rager track, but will certainly put some heat in your weekend. The singing on this track makes me feel like confetti is going to come streaming out of my ears. FUN.
This past Friday, I was fortunate enough to see Rusko at Chicago’s Congress Theater. Let me tell you one thing: Rusko is not a DJ. He is not a music producer. Rusko is a natural born performer, bestowed upon this world to do one thing: slay his adoring fans with heaving bass and dangerously immense drops. He doesn’t stand behind a computer pressing buttons, he doesn’t stand there messing with a drumkit or a soundboard: he performs. His body seems perfectly in tune with each massive drop he wallops the crowd with, and he is always in control of the vibe of the room. I have seen a lot of concerts, and Rusko absolutely blew me away.
Womp Womp Wednesday is one of my favorite posts on Sunset in the Rearview, so I thought my first WWW post on the new site would be a perfect opportunity to share some of the footage I took of the concert on my iPhone. It’s not the best quality, but it does the trick. The footage and pictures are mainly from a little far back in the crowd–it was too crazy to get anything from closer up. I did make my way up to the very front of the show though, and let me tell you, but for being 6’4 180, I may not have survived. The crowd was so insane that the show was shut down early–at about 1:30 am, everything just kind of died. The music slowly deepened in pitch and slowed until it stopped, the lights flickered and died, only to reemerge to fully light the theater, and everyone was told to leave. Not sure what happened, but to all those involved, I think we can safely say that it was one hell of a night, and whatever happened was worth it.
1. Pro Nails (Rusko Remix) – Kid Sister
I’ve only heard the original version of this song because it was included in some TV commercial that wasn’t significant enough to remember, but Rusko’s version is just filthy. Keeping elements from the original instrumental, Rusko basically covers it with a thick layer of grime and lets it womp. One thing I admired about his live show was that, while most DJs or producers let beats carry on for a while once they drop, Rusko seemed to constantly be changing his sound. He’d drop something disgusting, let people enjoy it for a short while, then let it grow into another heavy drop. He remained on-point with his drops throughout the entire show, and I do not think I’ve seen a DJ/producer with as much control over their audience as Rusko had on Friday.
Download “Pro Nails”
2. Bass Cannon – Flux Pavillion
This is a big track. And when I say “big track,” I mean “this will rip your goddamn head off if you aren’t careful.” I immediately recognized it when Rusko was working it into his previous song from the semi annoying cowbell introduction, and I was very excited to see what he would do with it. Flux’s original womps hard, but with Rusko altering it, I’m surprised the the Congress Theater didn’t say “fuck it” and collapse. The crowd was going nuts, jumping up and down, heads bobbing as one being. Flux will be here in June with Dr. P, and I cannot wait for that show. One thing that was particularly cool about Rusko’s set was the great light show they had. You can see in the picture above that the lights spelled out “Rusko,” and they were moving up and down and strobing all night. Complimented by an array of other lights, it looked like fireworks were fornicating all over the place.
Download “Bass Cannon”
3. Sweet Shop – Doctor P
I cannot tell you how excited I am for the Doctor P/Flux Pavillion show in June. That is just going to be inhumanely wompy. This is probably the most popular Doctor P song, and Rusko definitely let this one womp at the Congress. The thing about shows like this is that people really just let themselves go–they let the crowd carry them, and they depend on their fellow concertgoers for survival. If someone gets pushed and falls (as is bound to happen), it is the duty of those around the fallen soldier to help them up before they are trampled to death (which certainly could happen, all too easily). Concerts like this are not meant to be taken lightly–these are survival of the fittest. Your face can melt, your heart can stop beating, and this music can literally womp you to death. Don’t fuck around.
Download “Sweet Shop”
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Rusko – Hold-On-Wha-La-La-Leng (Poirier Refix)
As my fingers click away on the black keys of my HP there is a sort of trepidation within me. I have absolutely no idea whether any of you will actually like this remix. I love it but I have a strong feeling that many will not feel the same way. On account of that I need you to do me a favor. When you hear the entire song post your thoughts in the comment section. Tell me whether you liked or hated it. Tell me whether it caused you to wreak some havoc or if you just shook your head in disgust. Post pictures of yourself dancing to the tune or crying in dissapointment. Do something but don’t just listen and leave because I value your feedback and all that good fluffy shit stuff.
Written by Falade